Wifi Cameras in our Barn: Getting Geeky for Kidding Season

Wifi Cameras in our Barn: Getting Geeky for Kidding Season

Our kidding season is coming late this year, and we only have one pregnant doe, so I was lucky to have ample time to do something I’ve been wanting to do for quite some time: set up a barn-cam.  Why? Well, like many (if not most) other homesteaders and farmers, I work away from home most of the week. While I make sure to check on my animals as much as I can before and after work, it’s still not…

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Showing Goats for 4-H at the 2016 Albion Fair

Showing Goats for 4-H at the 2016 Albion Fair

Last week was fair week and Ben’s got to have his first experience showing his 4-H project goats at the Albion Fair. It was a long week, but he did so well and we’re all very proud of him. He walked away with several ribbons and two trophies for Junior Fitting and Champion Fitter Dairy Goats. A huge THANK YOU to my mom who helped with Ben’s curtains banners for his goats’ stall.  Doesn’t he look so handsome all dressed up…

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Weathering the Storm

Weathering the Storm

Obviously, I’ve been very absent from this blog all summer. To be honest, I’ve been very absent from life this summer. I’ve spent the better part of the last couple months in front of a computer, working like crazy. You see, I found out my job situation was–well, a bit up in the air– and my solution was to hustle-hustle-hustle freelance work. (I’m a web developer and freelance doing custom WordPress development and design.) It’s scary being the main breadwinner of the…

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Homestead Updates, July and August 2016

Homestead Updates, July and August 2016

Why hello there, sadly neglected blog! It’s amazing how fast this summer has gone. While it’s technically not over yet, the leaves are already starting to change and hint at the fast approaching autumn. So how did we spend our summer? Ben’s 4-H Ben is wrapping up his first year in 4-H with the fair next week. His project was his Nigerian Dwarf goat, Reese. It’s been a huge learning experience for the whole family because neither Mike nor I did…

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Homestead Updates, June 2016

Homestead Updates, June 2016

I’m a couple days late, but I still wanted to share our updates for what went on around the farm throughout the month of June 2016. But first, a reminder: Mike and I will be launching our Little Red FarmCast podcast later this month. If you want to be the first to hear when it launches, sign up for our mailing list! Laying Hens If you follow us on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter you may have seen that a rooster joined…

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Meat Chicks Moved to the Great Outdoors (a 3.5-Week Update)

Meat Chicks Moved to the Great Outdoors (a 3.5-Week Update)

Saturday morning, I opened the barn door to find one very confused meat chick looking at me from outside his brooder. Clearly, they were getting big enough to hop or fly or otherwise foist themselves out of the brooder, which said to me: Time to go outside! Thankfully their new home didn’t require much work: I took the string trimmer and knocked down some of the tall grass in their pen-area, re-attached the ladder inside their coop, and set up…

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Homestead Updates, May 2016

Homestead Updates, May 2016

It’s almost the end of the month, so I thought it was a good time for a homestead update. Like any farm or homestead, spring time is a busy time around here. Add to that working full time jobs, work and school schedules changing, and having to fix up our old house and get it rented — well, there’s a lot on our plates these days! Just the same, we’re enjoying the warmer weather and sunshine, and we’re finding a balance…

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Our First Meat Chickens

Our First Meat Chickens

Over the weekend, Mike and I were talking and realized we have: (1) an extra semi-portable chicken coop, and (2) an already-fenced garden area we’re hoping to plant next year that needs to be tilled and fertilized. Inspired by my friend Justin Rhodes from Abundant Permaculture, we decided to use our extra coop, get some more chickens, and put them to work in the garden-to-be! We already have plenty of laying hens, so we decided to give meat birds a try. In…

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